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Pro Duo


God-given skills. Outcomes from the heart.

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Pro Duo


God-given skills. Outcomes from the heart.

Alex and Megan met working for SIL International in Cameroon in 2010, and married in 2014.

 
 

Megan’s desire is to promote literacy in those heart languages so that people can read for themselves—not filtered through someone else's lips.

Alex has a passion for using technology to enable language development so that communities get access to accurate, beautiful, and clear teaching in the language that speaks best to their hearts.

 
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Alex Mercado


Alex uses human-computer interaction and computational linguistics to create new tools for making and sharing in field linguistics and literacy.

Alex Mercado


Alex uses human-computer interaction and computational linguistics to create new tools for making and sharing in field linguistics and literacy.

Computational Linguistics

As the role of computers and technology grows ever larger in our daily lives, industry increasingly seeks experts in the complicated intersection of technology and human language and machines.

Computational linguistics is an academic discipline that directly addresses this need, combining elements of linguistics, software engineering, artificial intelligence and electrical engineering to help machines process human language and help linguists understand language through computer models. Computational linguists apply their skills in the development of applications related to translation, voice recognition, automated text analysis, search engines and other pioneering technologies. Research in this field has an impact on a wide range of disciplines and different industries.

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Human–Computer Interaction

HCI professionals study how people interact with computers and to what extent computers are developed for successful interaction with humans.

Today, few computer users actually read the manual accompanying the software, if one exists, and linguists and literacy workers are no exception. Users expect to understand the main functionality of a program within a few minutes of trying it. HCI provides designers with the principles, techniques, and tools necessary to design effective interfaces that are obvious and easy to use.

Find Alex on LinkedIn, GitHub, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

See his design legacy at The Dartmouth Apologia and The Wheelock Conference.

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Megan Mercado


Megan is an international literacy researcher who uses multilingual education and local empowerment to create mother tongue textbooks in the global south.

Megan Mercado


Megan is an international literacy researcher who uses multilingual education and local empowerment to create mother tongue textbooks in the global south.

Language Development

Community-based language development involves a series of ongoing planned actions that a language community takes to ensure that its language continues to serve its changing social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual needs and goals.

Megan is a contributing author at the SIL-LEAD blog. Find Megan on LinkedIn and Facebook.